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Man With Down Syndrome Discusses His Faith, Father, and Elvis

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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January 11, 2022 3:00 am

Man With Down Syndrome Discusses His Faith, Father, and Elvis

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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January 11, 2022 3:00 am

Aaron Tornquist (43) lives with Down Syndrome and is an Elvis Tribute Artist. For Elvis's 87 birthday (January 8) - I invited Aaron to return to the program and share his story.

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Whether let's stay out of the emergency room and enjoy the winter. Instead, go to heat track.calm and I have a very special guest's name is Erin. Erin is on hold with me from last Franklin, Tennessee Nashville unknown errands done now 43 years old. Erin is a spectacular man who has Down syndrome and continues to be just a joy to everyone engaged in the siren you with me where I had you on today for very special reason.

What is that reason about how Albert will today is Elvis's birthday. He would've been 87. Erin and you are an Elvis tribute artist. What is it mean to be an Elvis tribute artist hot now Elvis artist back a little color.

We will call an Elvis impersonator anymore do the now that that man doubtless met Elvis in his music, but making fun of how people like Martin and start calling now Elvis the artist Mike again will you dad sent me some pictures of you guys because we had a lot of snow there in Tennessee and you are Elvis is stuck in the home and so you were wearing some of your Elvis gear you got several suits don't you yeah and what what what drew you to this. What drew you to Elvis what did you like about elves well I have. I can actually look at. Let me ask you a couple questions about that number one you now 43 years old. That means I am older, you live longer now than Elvis did and for individuals with down syndrome. That's saying something because there was a time where people down syndrome that lived live very low and here you are 43 what you think what you think about that Erin Hatcher here over the Elvis year older than Elvis was when he died. Does that strike you God for artist find out what I going to wait to like him. Here, do you have some thoughts that you like to hear about Down syndrome and now that you you blown the curve of the longer life expectancy. Everything else. Your dad says this to me about you if you know this or not but this what your dad tells me about you. He finds that Erin is a wise man he calls you a bad you dad calls me a wise guy, but he calls you a wise man and you. You have great wisdom of talk with you many times of the years you been on my program several times and you've also been there in the studio with me when we did the show in Nashville and you have a wisdom to you Erin and it's a quiet wisdom, that is, that come from a lot of deep thoughts that I wanted to explore some of those with you and I want you to share some things that are on your heart will become back from the commercial. Can you hang through the break just a little bit blessed this Peter Roseburg. This is hope caregiver. This is a program for he was a family.

My longtime friend Aaron has Down syndrome and he has some great aunt 888-589-8840 will and that is saying I well that is the guiding rest have and that is my wife Gracie singing with resilient how she did she do all right so Elvis, she's no Elvis but she does all right. Dorcas joined me today from Franklin to the season.

Wonderful young man and I still call young man, Erin, but I've known him since he was a teenager and to submit you when you were 12 and maybe even younger than that and I have just started. That's right. And L.

Elvis's birthday is today and Erin is an Elvis tribute artist. He has Down syndrome and he shares freely about things that he's learned along the way of what he's learned about life about God, about himself and his father Greg and and I've been friends for very long time written a couple songs together and Greg is they been in the studio with me in Nashville.

We did the show there and Aaron comes up periodically and normally I would actually have Erin on during October, which is Down syndrome awareness month but this year got a little bit weird from us, with Gracie having a pretty ugly surgery on her leg when she fell and broke it, and that her mother passed away and it just got away from what I thought what better day to have a more than Elvis's birthday and my favorite story here, and that your dad tells us that when you are to drop you off at Graceland. Sometimes in the and one of the tour guides at Graceland asked if you'd ever been there before and what did you tell it that she would be Christlike in north of Elvis was do you know Erin, the three Grammies that Elvis wind.

Can you tell they were for all show on that same song, how great the art.

That's right. And that's a that is a wonderful hymn. The ties and what we were talking about earlier is a look at it over the vast landscape where we live in Montana Lord my God when I in awesome wonder and Elvis won a Grammy for that one in the in the record you want to Grammy for. Remember that one balance You Will You Be One for Another One to Bill Gates and Wrote It Called. He Touched Me Remember That Yeah and He It's It's Interesting of All the Songs of the Recorded His Grammies Came from Gospel Records. He Was a Great Lover of Gospel Music.

Erin, the World Right Now Is Trying to Do Everything He Can to Prevent Down Syndrome Children from Being Born. That's Got to That. That's Got to Resonates on Such a Level with You That I'd like to Hear Your Thoughts on That on on Parents Who Are Expecting a Child That May Have down Syndrome and What You Think What Your Thoughts on That Because There There's a Move Right Now to Eradicate down Syndrome by Eradicating the Baby and Your You Are 43 Years Old. You've Lived Longer Than Most Believe the Down Syndrome Children Would You, As Your Father Says Your Wise Man.

You Have a Very Very Full Life. What Are Your Thoughts on That Syndrome Have a Sale, Some People Don't Have People I Don't Think That All Parents May Mean More Careful When They Shout Our Month down to Others. Right Now That You Dad Had a Great Caregiver to Me about 23 Years Louder Than Anybody My Boy, A Lot.

He's Pretty Good at Guitar Player to Have His He Plays Better Than Elvis Did. I Want I Could Hear Him Laughing in the Background You Give Your Father Brags on You A Lot and He Enjoys You He Delights in You and He Enjoys You He Is Is Extremely Proud of You and You Know and I Think That Is the Relationship You to Have Is Is Remarkable. Tell Me How Your Faith Has Grown through Your Journey As Well of Coming to Understand How God Is Provided for You Has Cared for You, Redeemed You and Loves You and All Those Things That That Are Part of Your Life out. How Is Your Faith Journey Been through This. I Want First Time I Got and I Was Better Now. I Don't Disclaim so the Bible Say about God Will Hold You and Make You Feel Better and I Find by Now. I'm Fine Now, Most People I Have Special Why People Have 27. I Know Shane Will You Dad Tells Me. Did You Have a Wall of Prayer That You Put Prayer Requests on Your Wall. I Remember When He Was Very Sick. You Put Her on the Wall and Tell You about Some of the Prayer Request That You Have That You Put on Your Wall Body. You Know That Is Really Meaningful.

There A Lot Of Love People Don't Have a Prayer Wall but Here You Have a Prayer Wall and You Are Going to God and I Believe That You Have Such Such a Ministry to That to Folks That They May Not Even Know about What You're Doing in Your Being Faithful to Pray on This and Aaron Tell You It's Very Meaningful to Hear That When When Your Dad Told Me When Gracie First Got Covert When It First Came out. She Was the First One in Our County. Here in Your Dad Text Me and Said Aaron Scott Gracie on the Prayer Wall and I Was I Was I Was Quite Moved by the and I Thank You for That and Any Last Thoughts That You Have with Us.

Oh Good, Making up One on Wall Watches on Her Name Is Priscilla Sire Call One Not Analyze Long Time Now and I Will Have Clear Think It Matches You Have To Go into Your Closet and Praise That Would Let Me Look at That Verse Here with Is That It Would You Pray, Go into Your Room, Close the Door and Pray to Your Father Who Is an Unseen Than Your Father Who Sees What Is Done in Secret Will Reward You.

That's What It Says and That's Exactly What Did You Take That Verse Literally and You Actually Do That and You Go in Your Room You Shut Your Door and You Prayed Your Father in This Who's in the Secret Place What It Is That Is I Might Cry without People Doing My Own Time.

Well That's What He Asked Us to Do in Your Being Needed to Do That, What, What's the Last Thing You Want to Share before Weekly Closes Timeout There Anything Else on Your Heart You Do Anything about It like That, It's Elvis's Birthday. Your Elvis Tribute Artist. I Love You I Saw You in the Gold Jacket. By the Way Looks Great on You Just like And It Looks Great on You Look You Look Back You Might Write That Back in 1950s Home Home Coming Concert Learning and Tupelo Mississippi Well You Did You Got the You've Also Seen You with the White Is. It Is the Black and White Shirt and Pants in the in the White Shoes with the Black Trim What What Is That Outfit That Certain I Got My Product. I Might Ask Chris If You Can't Make My Birthday. I Am so Proud Family. Wow, I Think That While My Weight. What Do You Has the Heavy As You Dad Ever Given You a Cake to Where I Came like Elvis More with His Big Kate You Actually Have That Keep the Eaglet.

Yes, I Guess If You Picture That Would You Guess That Is Well Layered, I Thank You Very Much for Taking the to Join Me Today and Just Your Heart and I I I Hope That Our Listeners Today Will Take Heart, and What You've Inspired Us to Do You Go Would You Close It in You, Pray for People You Trust God with Your Journey and You Live with down Syndrome Now for 43 Years, You Have a Very Full Life You Love the Work You Love to Engage with People and Tell You I've Enjoyed Having on the Show Will Have To Do This Again.

Specifically, Maybe Even on Elvis's 90th Birthday Will Will Will See and but I I Just Think It's It's Wonderful to Have You Here and I Thank You Very Much for Taking the Time Okay.

Aaron Compared to Tennessee and We Thank You for Being on the Show with Us Today. I Do Not Let Your Some of You Know the Remarkable Story of Peter's Wife Gracie and Recently Peter Talk to Gracie about All the Wonderful Things That Emerge from Her Difficult Journey.

Take a Listen Gracie. When You Envision Doing a Prosthetic Limb Outreach.

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